We acknowledge that our work takes place on Treaty 1 Land,
homeland of the Cree, Ojibway, Dene, Dakota and Red River Métis peoples; and host to Inuit neighbours.
United Way Winnipeg donors have invested in Indigenous-led agency partners since 1965.
Working towards truth & reconciliation, inclusion, and success for all Winnipeggers will make our community stronger. We walk alongside the Indigenous communities in Winnipeg in a spirit of friendship.
United Way Winnipeg donors invest more than $2 million annually in many Indigenous-led agency partners—and many others that, while not governed and led by Indigenous people, do work in partnership with Indigenous communities.
United Way participates in ONE: The Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion & Our Summit Winnipeg. Aboriginal Relations Council renamed Council for Indigenous Relations (CIR). We’re the first United Way to sign on to the The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action on the recommendations of the TRC. CIR partnered with Manitoba Inuit Association for the Legacy of Hope exhibition “We Were So Far Away: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools.”
CIR convenes Elders Circle to inform Moving Forward, our 3-year strategic plan, resulting in an inclusion strategy for participating in reconciliation. United Way includes traditional Indigenous territory acknowledgement at events & delivers cultural proficiency workshops to staff.
CIR develops 7 goals aimed to build knowledge, relationships & capacity with and for Indigenous Winnipeggers. CIR’s Strategic Plan connects more deeply with United Way Winnipeg’s aim of building a Better Winnipeg Together.
CIR expands to welcome volunteers from other United Way Winnipeg committees. The Council redefines their way of working together in new Terms of Reference. These terms embrace the diversity across First Nation, Inuit and Metis nations, celebrate reciprocity, and lift up Indigenous ways of knowing and being.